British Institute of the Study of Iraq (formerly the British School of Archaeology in Iraq), the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, and Stuart Laidlaw

Mauled by a lioness, a young boy falls in a field of lotus and papyrus flowers once dotted with lapis lazuli and carnelian inlays in this 4-inch-high ivory from Nimrud. Gold foil highlights the youth’s kilt, hair and the flower stems.